Exclusive SDCC 2015 Interview with Rachel Hartman

San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive: We interview Seraphina and Shadow Scale author Rachel Hartman

We’re not quite done with presenting our exclusive interviews from this year’s San Diego Comic-Con and thus we present our interview with Rachel Hartman, the New York Times Bestselling author of the fantasy books Seraphina and its sequel, Shadow Scale, which was released March 2015.

Veteran Comic-Con attendee, we started off with the cosplay around the event before getting into some fan questions.  One being with about the dragon and human connection, another about ideal spinoffs for supporting characters, and a few more other questions.

About the author:

Rachel was born in Kentucky, but has lived a variety of places including Chicago, Philadelphia, St. Louis, England, and Japan. She has a BA in Comparative Literature, although she insists it should have been a BS because her undergraduate thesis was called “Paradox and Parody in Don Quixoteand the satires of Lucian.” She eschewed graduate school in favour of drawing comic books. She now lives in Vancouver, BC, with her family, their whippet, and a talking frog and salamander (who fight zombies)(really. There are a lot of zombies in the Pacific Northwest). – via

Seraphina synopsis:

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty’s anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen’s Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.


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